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Wedding hat

Wedding hat

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Museum number:

    FE.145 to B-1975

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hat is known as the ‘ji fu guan’, which means ‘the hat worn with auspicious garments’. As the name suggests, this type of hat was worn (by empresses and imperial consorts) on festive occasions. This particular hat was made to be worn for a wedding. The ‘ji fu guan’ is similar to, but to be distinguished from, the ‘chao guan’ (the court hat) which was worn on official or ritual occasions.

The brim of the hat is lined with fur, indicating that it was worn in winter. Summer hats tended to be lined with satin or velvet. The hat is also decorated with precious stones and blue kingfishers' feathers.

Place of Origin

China (made)


19th century (made)



Object history note

From Sotheby’s sale of English and Continental Furniture, Rugs and Carpets, Textiles, Costume etc. Friday, August 1st 1975, lot 63 I

Purchased. Registered File number 1975/2130.

Descriptive line

Wedding hat, highly decorated red silk satin with seal fur brim, lidded storage box of red and gilt lacquer, China, Qing dynasty, 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Verity Wilson, Chinese Dress, London: V&A Publications, 1986, t page 82, fig 75

Subjects depicted

Swastikas; Moth; Floral patterns


Hats & headwear; Marriage; Formal wear; Textiles


East Asia Collection

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